I Think I Have the Right to Grow

Author Eric Klinenberg has a new book about the rise of living alone in the U.S. and elsewhere. In an interview with the Smithsonian, he highlights some of the research (in Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago 35-45% of people live alone), and suggests that technology makes it possible, desirable even, to be connected while alone:

The next thing, I would say, is that we live today in a culture of hyperconnection, or overconnection. If we once worried about isolation, today, more and more critics are concerned that we’re overconnected. So in a moment like this, living alone is one way to get a kind of restorative solitude, a solitude that can be productive, because your home can be an oasis from the constant chatter and overwhelming stimulation of the digital urban existence.

I’m wary of suggesting that something like Facebook enables genuine human connection, but I’ll grant that we’re better off with it than without it.

Get the book: Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone {amazon}.

{via andrew sullivan}